Books & Poetry

‘The Icon Hunter’: One Woman’s Mission to Recover Cyprus Artifacts

Nonfiction book tells of refugee Tasoula Hadjitofi’s quest to reclaim her nation’s stolen heritage. Read story.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Captain Liz Clark Comes of Age in 'Swell'

The sailing surfer’s autobiography is a page-turning high-seas adventure. Read story.

Friday, April 6, 2018

‘Circus of the Queens’ Is a Sweet, Satisfying Tale

Audrey Berger Welz writes of one woman’s determination, heart, and love. Read story.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

UCSB Reads Presents ‘Lab Girl’ Author

Hope Jahren will read from her best-selling book on April 5 at Campbell Hall. Read story.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

David Starkey Reviews 30 Books of Poems

Former Santa Barbara Poet Laureate and current Independent book reviewer, offers up one book for each day of National Poetry Month. Read story.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

‘In the Midst of Winter’ Draws Readers in with Compelling Characters

Isabel Allende draws readers into the lives of three people caught first in a paralyzing snowstorm and then in a murder mystery. Read story.

Monday, March 12, 2018

‘Sleepy Bunny’ Book Helps Kids Nap

Lavender farmer Melissa Broughton tells the true tale of Amos the rabbit. Read story.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

‘Jumping at Shadows’ Offers Multifaceted Examination of How Fear Is Stoked

Author Sasha Abramsky explores what happens when a society places the idea of safety at all costs ahead of the common good. Read story.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

‘Dreaming the Beatles’

‘Rolling Stone’ writer offers a funny, imaginative, thoroughly researched book that may well convince you to join the band’s perpetual magical mystery tour. Read story.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Author Nomi Prins Releases ‘Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World’

Former Wall Street executive’s new book is a warning that the lessons of 2008 haven’t been learned. Read story.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

‘Rebound’ Qualifies as Fitness Bible

Books tells readers how to regain strength, move effortlessly, and live without limits at any age. Read story.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Teju Cole’s ‘Blind Spot’ Is New Collection of Photographs

The photography critic is a talented writer and brings a pleasing symmetry to the overall project. Read story.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

‘Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs’

Beth Ann Fennelly is so charming that one can’t help but be drawn into her quirky and ultimately life-affirming world. Read story.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Author Rebecca Solnit’s Book Offers Optimism in Dire Times

Hope in the Dark reminds that social change often takes a circuitous route, moving so imperceptibly that we hardly see it coming because we’re in the process of living it. Read story.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

‘American War’ Darkly Imagines Second Half of 21st Century

The dystopian debut novel portrays an America divided. Read story.

Thursday, January 4, 2018
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